Friday, December 9, 2016

A Lovely Gift

Just a quick Friday check in :) I'm FINALLY beginning to get over my cold. This one has really been a bugger! But...I look at it this way, get it over now, build up my resistance, and the winter will now be mine!!! We're expecting 8" of snow over the weekend, so come the first of the week, Gracie and I will be heading out for a good tromp through the snow :)

I received the loveliest gift this week from my sister-in-law. Her daughter is friends with Heather of Design Roots, a lovely blog BTW. My sister-in-law saw this on Heather's blog one day, thought of me, and had her do one especially for me! The calligraphy was done on a lovely piece of paper and it's about 5" x 7", so once I decide how I want to frame it, it will make a lovely piece to tuck into my studio.  

As I scrolled through Heather's blog, I thought I would share a little as it might be something you too would enjoy.

She sells these wonderful little pouches. When I saw them, my first thought was, "wouldn't it be fun to make up a pouch and then add the calligraphy?!" 

If you have never done any calligraphy work, you can purchase a guide kit that comes with everything you need to get started.

On the blog, you'll find lots of inspiration, and even a few little goodies, like the recipe for the Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins,

With a free printable of the recipe card that you can find HERE. What a thoughtful gift a batch of muffins with an attached recipe card would be.
Calligraphy is something I have always thought would be fun to do. So check out Heather's site. You just might find a new passion :)

Happy Friday!

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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

The Sew Along Begins With Another Surprise!

The sew along for the Islander Sewing Systems Cape Super Express has officially begun, Woo Hoo!!!, and you can find it HERE on the Sew News blog. If you have not purchased a pattern, you can find it HERE at Shop Sew It All. 

Now for some added fun!

I have 2 Sew News magazines to give away. 

In this new issue, you'll find the instructions to make this beautiful little clutch. The pattern is a free downloadable pattern, and can be found HERE

I love this organizer that can also be used to house an E-Reader. You can download the free pattern HERE. Just remember that the patterns will only be free until January 31, 2017, so be sure to download the pattern now!   

You'll also find a wonderful article from Joi Mahon on learning how to fit knits and knit patterns.

There's a great article on working with neoprene. The article not only covers how to work with the fabric, but you can also make this on trend jacket for free! You can find the pattern HERE

And finally, you'll find my article on the Cape Super Express from Islander Sewing Systems. 

If you would like to win 1 of the 2 copies, just leave a message on this post. I'll draw the winning names on Saturday, December 10, 2016. 

Good Luck!

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Monday, December 5, 2016

And The Winners Are!!!/Cape Super Express Pattern Giveaway

The first full week of December is upon us. I had planned to decorate my house for the holidays over the weekend, but I came down with a nasty cold. I'm still a little congested, and my voice is basically gone, but I am feeling better. I have a special party coming up, so of course I want a new dress. I think I will venture out today and see if I can find something special, fabric wise. It's a super simple design, but I think it will be pretty. So stay tuned to see what I make :)  

Now for the day at hand...

I'm very excited about getting started on the Super Express Cape sew along. The first post will be up tomorrow on the Sew News blog. To kick off the sew along, Janet Pray, the designer behind Islander Sewing Systems Patterns has very generously made 3 patterns available to 3 lucky winners.

And the winners are...

Angela The Creative Diva

Mary Ellen


Congratulations ladies!!! Please email me at sewbussted@yahoo.com with your mailing information so I can pass it along to Janet. I will need to hear from you no later than Wednesday, December 7, 2016. If I don't hear from you by that date, I will draw a new name. 

Have a wonderful week!

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Sunday, December 4, 2016

Sunday Night Reflections

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

The Islander Sewing Systems Super Express Cape Pattern Giveaway!

For the past 3 years, I have been doing the sew along posts for Sew News Magazine. It has been a wonderful opportunity. Along the way, I have made new friends, and discovered some wonderful independent pattern companies. The upcoming sew along will be my last...at least for Sew News :)

Although the last, this is a great one, the Super Express Cape from Islander Sewing Systems.   

Depending on your fabric choice, this cape is perfect for cold weather, rainy weather, or just a cool day. The arm slots have been strategically placed so that you are still free to move, drive a car, and carry packages, especially important at this time of year :) 

The design of the cape also lends itself to lots of options. I decided to accent the top of the cape by using a faux fur. The bottom is a panne velvet.

The back of the cape does not have a seam as you see with mine below, but the pattern can easily be customized. There are 2 versions of the cape, one features a generous hood, the other a stand collar. I LOVE the hood!

The arm slots are quite easy to sew, and are placed so that the hands can easily slide into the in-seam pockets. The pockets are deep and generous, so a great place to hide a pair of gloves, or anything that you may need to quickly grab.

When down, the hood lays beautifully around the neck.

What I especially like about this pattern is that it can be made by any sewist at any level. There are no sleeves to insert, and if you are a little intimidated by buttonholes, snaps will make a wonderful alternative.

With my cape, I decided to go all out and use this fabulous silk lining. 

The sew along will begin next week, and to kick this one off, Janet Pray, the designer and master mind behind Islander Sewing Systems is offering 3...yes, 3 free patterns!!! How exciting!!!!!! 

I will draw the winning names on Monday, December 5, 2016.

If you would like an opportunity to win one of these fabulous patterns, just leave a message here on the blog by midnight CDT Sunday, December 4th.

As I said, the cape goes together quickly, so it would make great gifts, perfect for this time of year! 

A big, big thank you to Janet for this very generous giveaway. 

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Sewing For The Holidays/Christmas Gifts

I have never been one who enjoys fighting the crowds during the holidays. I'm fortunate enough to live in a neighborhood where there are quite a few shops within walking distance, so I can leisurely walk over and not be bothered by the crowds. But, I also enjoy making gifts for Christmas, and I am VERY blessed to have a husband who would rather one of my homemade shirts any day over a store bought shirt. I have 2 in the works for him, so he is going to be quite pleased this Christmas :)

For today's post, I thought I would just remind you of a few things that I have done for our Thrifty Thursday posts. The patterns are free, so a simple download. They have all been a blast to put together, and they are all things that if I didn't sew, I would be thrilled to receive. Even though I do sew, I would still be thrilled to receive any of these items :)

First up is one of my most used Thrifty Thursday makes. This little I-Pad holder has a permanent home in my studio. I love listening to podcasts while I'm working, and this holds my I-Pad beautifully. You can find my post and all the info HERE

I absolutely fell in love with Yuki, the designer of Waffle Patterns, while I was doing the Pepernoot Coat sew along for Sew News. Her patterns are well designed and go together easily. This Newsboy Hat is a free download and can be made as I did in cotton, or wool for winter. Great for guys and girls alike!

This faux fur collar will dress up a plain coat, and it also looks great over a sweater or jacket. 

I have 2 favorite evening bags, the Clam Shell Wristlet that I shared with you yesterday, and this fabulous little bag from Sew Vera Venus. I made the bag out of a piece of gold leather and it works with almost every evening garment that I have. You can find my post and a link to the pattern download HERE.

What a fun hat this was to make. It can be made out of a sweater knit, or a recycled sweater. You can find the info on this pattern, along with a link to the flower pattern HERE. I really liked the mitten pattern too. You can find the info on those HERE.

This bag is quick and easy to make and would work for just about any woman on your list. You can find the free downloadable pattern HERE.  You can find my post on the bag HERE.

I have not made these patterns up yet, but I feel safe in recommending them to you. 

The apron is from Sew4Home. I really like that the top is buttoned to the bottom. 
I really like the shape of the oven mitt. This pattern is from Skip To My Lou
The heart shaped potholder is adorable. You can find the pattern at A Spoonful Of Sugar
To round out the gift, a casserole carrier that conforms to a number of pan sizes. It's basically just a rectangle, so super easy to make. You can find all of the instructions at How Does She?

Another super simple hotpad gift idea would be a set of these egg shaped pot holders. They can easily be customized to whatever a friend might enjoy. 

Great for stocking stuffers, this is a gift that will help to ensure a great night's sleep. Something most all of us could use. You can find the pattern for the sleep masks HERE.

And finally, I love this pattern. Who wouldn't love a customized accessory pouch? 

With all of these ideas, your holiday sewing should be off to a great start!

Have fun!!!

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Monday, November 28, 2016

Monday Morning Inspiration/Christmas Gifts

For those of you here in the U.S., and those of you who are not, but still celebrate Thanksgiving, I hope you had a wonderful holiday. We had a lovely day with friends, did our traditional Thanksgiving day hike. It was just the boost that my dog Gracie needed. She misses Little Bit so much, but I think that she is finally beginning to move on. 

I usually do a bit of the cooking for Thanksgiving. I did Roasted Cauliflower, recipe HERE(skip the wrap and just serve the cauliflower, it's delicious!), and I also roasted Brussel Sprouts. I always soak my brussel sprouts in salt water for a few hours before cooking, removes the bitter aspect. I then added the same ingredients as the I did for the cauliflower. A great touch for brussel sprouts is to add toasted walnuts and crumbled blue cheese. Give it a try, I think you might like it :) 

The day after Thanksgiving marks the official start of the Christmas season here in America. So many of us enjoy giving handmade gifts, I know I do :) So here are a few ideas that are quick to make.

If you look at the top bar of the blog, you'll see a tab for free patterns that make great gifts.

The Free Beret Pattern

You can find the instructions HERE, and the pattern HERE.

Free Slipper Pattern For The Family

You can find the patterns HERE, and HERE. The instructions can be found HERE.

Free Poinsettia Napkin Ring Pattern

Not only does this make a great accent for your holiday table, it's a fun and easy project to do with your children, or grandchildren. You can find the pattern HERE, and additional pictures HERE.

Make a pile of headbands with THIS tutorial.

From my Fabulous Free Pattern Friday series;

Kimono Bag

This bag is nothing more than 2 rectangles. You can find the instructions HERE.

Necktie Cummerbund 

Just combine 2 coordinating neckties and you have a fabulous belt! You can find the instructions HERE.

Fleece Ski/Winter Hat

This is my favorite winter hat. It's nothing more than a rectangle, so it goes together in minutes. You can find the instructions HERE.

Tote Bag

This bag is super easy to make, just purchase a panel at your local fabric store. It's large enough to carry everything! All the instructions can be found HERE

Pompom Collar

Super cute and will dress up jackets as well as sweaters. Find the instructions HERE.

High End Clutch Bag

The lovely Cennetta of The Mahogany Stylist did a guest tutorial for us on making THESE fabulous clutch bags. Just be careful if you do decide to give one as a gift, it might end up being a gift for yourself!!!

Clam Shell Wristlet 

You can find my pattern for the Clam Shell Wristlet along with the instructions HERE. Great for any holiday party. Great gift for upcoming proms and weddings too.

That should be a nice start to get your creative juices going :)

I'll be back tomorrow with a few more ideas.

Just remember....

 Happy Holiday Making!

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